Tripura reported its first suspected death due to dengue as an elderly man died in Tripura’s Sepahijala district Tuesday. According to officials, the deceased was identified as Subhas Sarkar, a resident of Shankhamura in the Dhanpur area.
Sarkar was taken to the Dhanpur primary health centre with complaints of fever. He underwent a blood test at the Sonamura Hospital and the report confirmed dengue.
“My father had complaints of loose motion since he was admitted to Hapania Hospital on July 28 late at night. Seeing no improvement after three days, we took him to a private hospital where he died on August 1,” Sarkar’s son told media persons Wednesday evening.
Meanwhile, a senior doctor at the Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital in Agartala said they are receiving reports of dengue cases from different parts of the state, though the maximum cases have been found in the Sepahijala district this season so far. “Now, it is scattered in almost all the districts. But Sepahijala still stands the highest. So far, we have 30 to 36 patients in the hospital,” he said.
In 2018, the state government had said a malaria epidemic had broken out in different parts of Tripura, especially in the Dhalai district, 85 km from Agartala, and six people had died. However, the epidemic was claimed to have been contained and 0.42 per cent casualty was found among malaria-infected patients.
In 2014, 96 people died in a massive outbreak of malaria in Tripura.